Contents tagged with Russian Air Force

  • Russia loses 4 military planes over last 2 weeks

    A Su-24 bomber of the Russian Defense Ministry crashed near the city of Perm on Friday, Interfax reports, citing a source.

    The plane performed a training flight and fell near the town of Vereshchagino, according to preliminary data, due to equipment failure. "Both pilots ejected and survived," the source said.

    A commander and a navigator, who flew to the region for exercises, were on board the plane. Their condition is being determined.

    The Su-24 was the fourth Russian Defense Ministry …

  • Russia launches program to upgrade strategic aircraft

    Russia’s strategic bombers are being upgraded at an accelerating rate. The first thoroughly modernized Tu-95MSM bomber will be tested in 2019, and by the end of 2020, the first Tu-160M strategic bomber built from scratch will take to the sky, reports, citing Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov.

    In parallel with the construction of the first batch of heavy Tu-160Ms, Russia’s aircraft industry will upgrade the already built Tu-160s to the same level. Preparations are …

  • Latvia detects two Russian military planes near its borders

    The National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia said on Twitter that it had detected two Russian military transport aircraft flying close to Latvian borders. The incident reportedly happened on September 8, close to the territorial waters of Latvia. The ministry said they were An-12 and An-26 military transport planes but did not reveal exactly where the planes were encountered. Latvia also reported detecting Russian naval vessels earlier, approaching its territorial waters.

    Earlier, the Latvian …

  • Russia puts its air defense forces in combat readiness state

    Russia has put its air defense and reconnaissance troops as well as strike units of the Armed Forces in high readiness state, reported by Ekho Moskvy, citing as a source the head of the State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov. According to him, a possible missile attack by the United States on Syria is what prompted these actions.

    Earlier on the same day, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces announced the deployment of military police to the Syrian city of Douma in East Ghouta, …

  • Russian Air Force to acquire more than ten 5th generation T-50 fighter jets

    The Russian Aerospace Forces are planning to acquire a squadron of the latest T-50 (PAK FA) fighters, as reported by Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces in an interview for the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

    “We don’t need a party of two or three machines, but much more. We want to acquire enough planes to make up a squadron. And then gradually bring the number of these planes to what is required, and in so doing, to achieve a new level of quality,” …

  • Syrian military: Russian Air Force played key role in Syrian Army's victories

    The support of Russian Air Force played the central role in recent victories of the Syrian army in the fight with militants, as stated by the Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army, Ali Abdullah Ayyoub.

    "The support provided by Russian Aerospace Forces played the central role in these victories, paving the way to the agreement on cessation of hostilities and creating the relevant conditions for launching the process of political settlement of the crisis in Syria,” Ayyoub said …

  • Putin: Russia can reinforce its positions in Syria within several hours if needed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that, if necessary, Russia is able to reinforce its positions in Syria within several hours, "although this would not be desirable", TASS reports.

    He also reported that the Russian Air Defense System will remain on permanent combat duty in Syria. These forces will be used for any threat posed to the military of the Russian Federation.

    "Our bases in Syria's Tartus and Hamim are reliably protected from land, sea and air. The personnel of these bases will …

  • Russian airstrikes in Syria add to influx of refugees to Europe

    Human rights activists claim that civilian victims of the Russian bombing campaign in Syria number in the hundreds in densely populated areas. This Saturday, a senior U.S. official reported that only one-third of Russian aviation air strikes are being aimed at the positions of the so-called Islamic State. The indiscriminate bombing forces civilians to flee, further exacerbating the crisis in Europe caused by the massive influx of refugees.

    Among the 5,000 air strikes inflicted by the Russian …